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Green Anoles

Anolis carolinensis


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Anoles have the advantage of being relatively small, inexpensive and easy to care for. They reach an adult length of around 8 inches in captivity, and a lot of that is tail. It is fairly easy to meet their housing and dietary requirements, although a fair amount of equipment is required to properly set up a vivarium for anoles.

 

Anoles are attractive little lizards. Males have a colorful dewlap (fold of skin under the chin/neck), which they flash during territorial and courtship displays. They can drop their long tail if grabbed by the tail, a defense against predators in the wild but which they will not hesitate to use if held by the tail. The tail will usually regenerate but will not look the same as the original did. They are fairly skittish and shy but with consistent and gentle handling will become somewhat tame.

 

Anoles can be kept singly or in small groups. Males are territorial and may display and fight with one another, so a group is best composed of females with no more than one male. A good sized aquarium with a tight fitting screen top makes the best home; an absolute minimum 10 gallon aquarium for 1-2, but larger is better and necessary for groups of 3 or more.

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